A powerful earthquake shook the coast of Ecuador on Saturday evening, bringing the threat of a tsunami to locations near the quake's epicenter.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake was shallow with the epicenter occurring just 11.9 miles (19.2 km) below the earth's surface, according to the USGA.The epicenter was also located near the coast, which is what caused the concern of a tsunami.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement shortly after the tremor saying that hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 186 miles (300 km) of the epicenter.
No tsunami is expected along the West Coast of the United States or along the coasts of Hawaii. However, there is the threat of tsunami waves of 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 1 meter) along the coast of Ecuador and up to 1 foot (0.3 meters) along the coasts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru.
There have been reports of structural damage around Ecuador as a result of the major earthquake.
There is no immediate knowledge of injuries or fatalities.
There has only been one earthquake larger than this tremor in the past year and that as a 8.3-magnitude earthquake that occurred just off the coast of Chile in September of last year.
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